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quarter was an anemic 1.7%, but today, the commerce department put out a new estimate showing us it was even less than that, just 1.3%. and this is what caught our attention in the report-- the government said half of the downward revision can be blamed on the drought. it's destroying crops, including the corn in this field inula roy, illinois. and on the land clayton arnold has been farming in walker, missouri, for 40 years. a new report today on the drought says it continues to get worse. it now covers 65.5% of the lower 48, and in 21.5% of that area, the area you see in red, the drought is extreme or exceptional. so we asked anthony mason to dig further into the impact the drought isaving on our economy. >> reporter: 90 miles southwest of dallas, in aquill atexas, the drought has cut back ronnie gerik's' cotton crop severely this year. >> it impacted not just myself but all the ag industry. >> reporter: in fact, the government now says the drought is slowing the entire economy, costing the the country $12 billion in the spring. >> farmers don't have money to spend. they're not
: and the chamber of commerce sits between them. >> talk family, talk schools, talk friends, just don't talk politics. >> reporter: they subscribe to the same philosophy at the courthouse corner cafe. >> politics are kind of bad for business. >> reporter: but it doesn't always work. >> i think obama is evil. >> reporter: evil? >> personally i prefer obama. >> reporter: romney actually has a long history of nasty skirmishes. back in the civil war the town reputedly went back and forth between union and confederate forces, some 56 times. >> abraham lincoln earned himself one vote in hampshire county. >> reporter: democrats still outnumber republicans in romney by a wide margin. the town supports lots of democrats for state office but not for president and not president obama. >> i had one man tell me that oh, he ended that war. now what are all those soldiers going to do when they come home? they won't have jobs. >> reporter: so many west virginiaians dislike president obama that a convicted felon almost won the democratic primary. >> that was very embarrassing. >> reporter: lots of peo
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